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March 10, 2020 3:50pm

Bill to help reduce deceptive lawsuits passes the state senate

The Senate voted in favor of legislation that would help reduce deceptive lawsuits in Kentucky and improve the Commonwealth’s legal liability climate. Senate Bill 178, sponsored by Senator Ralph Alvarado (R-Winchester), makes several changes to state law focused on legal advertising.

Senate Bill 178 would prohibit the use of unaffiliated government logos in legal ads or describing the ad as a health or medical alert. The bill also includes provisions to promote safety and public health, such as requiring advertisers to advise viewers that it is dangerous to stop taking a prescribed medication without contacting their medical provider first. In addition, Senate Bill 178 would require written authorization by an individual for their personal health information to be sold for soliciting legal services.

Studies of Kentucky’s lawsuit climate have ranked it the 10th worst in the nation, which discourages business attraction and economic development. GLI has long championed public policy aimed at improving Kentucky’s legal liability climate, and this includes proposals like Senate Bill 178.

The bill now moves to the House of Representatives for consideration.